Center for Business & Industry

Learn How to Start Your Freight Brokerage

Photo of semi-truck and trailer driving down the road with a golden sunset.

 

From licensing and operations to sales and marketing, learn how to get your broker license and start a successful freight brokerage. The Center for Business and Industry in North Mankato and Faribault, Minnesota offers this 100% online course that allows you learn on your schedule and at your own pace!

Registration and Enrollment: This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

Read more details and register for the Online Freight Broker/Agent Training course

 

Job Outlook for Freight Brokers

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists freight broker/agent as “Bright Outlook” career area, with over 30% job growth expected in the next five years.

According to the US Bureau of Transportation (USDOT), over 11 billion tons of freight move by truck each year. This number will grow, so skilled brokers are needed to keep the industry moving.

FAQs about Freight Brokers

What Do Freight Brokers Do?
Freight brokers find carriers for shippers to haul their freight. They also assume financial responsibility in the shipping process by invoicing shippers, paying carriers and agents, extending credit and more.

What Is the Difference Between a Freight Broker and An Agent?
A freight agent acts as an independent salesperson for a freight brokerage or independent broker. Freight agents may work on commission bringing in new customers.

How Much Do Freight Brokers Make?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, freight brokers make an average of $45,000 annually. Depending on your experience level, top brokers can make over $66,600 per year.

What Kind of Hours Do Freight Brokers Work?
Freight brokers can set their own hours — deciding when and how much they work. Many work from home, so they create their own work/life balance around shipping and carrier schedules.

What Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and provides safety oversite for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

Course Objectives

Learn the ins and outs of the industry from experienced freight brokers. Gain the knowledge and resources you need to register with the FMCSA, get a surety bond and break into the shipping industry.

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, this course focuses solely on U.S. domestic freight brokering, so it’s only recommended if you plan to do business in the United States.

Read more details and register for the Online Freight Broker/Agent Training course